JUDGED BY EDUCATORS
FOR EDUCATORS

2022 Judging Timeline

March 6 - May 6

Submit your Judging Application

Make sure to review the criteria to become a judge prior to completing your application. Submit a CV and resume alongside your judging application by May 6, 2022.

March 6 - May 20

Application Review of Judges

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirming that it is in the review stage. We confirm judges on a rolling basis according to categories of expertise.

May 28

Judges Assigned Applications

You will be given nomination assignments during the week of May 25, 2022. Take the time to review and familiarize yourself with your STEM provider's website and submission.

May 28 - June 17

Product Demos

Reach out to your assigned contact to set up a product demonstration. Each nomination will be reviewed by independent judges to ensure fair and unbiased evaluations.

June 17

Submit Your Evaluations

You will write up a review about your assigned nominee according to the outlined submission criteria. The teacher popular vote is conducted concurrently, compiling the opinions of over 250,000 NSTA and MCH Strategic Data educators.

June 26

Announcement of Finalists at ISTE

Finalists will receive a badge to showcase their accomplishment, and we are planning a super-secret social media promotion at ISTE.

June 27

Popular Vote Begins

Finalists go on to the next round of voting by educators across the U.S. In cooperation with our awesome partners, MCH Strategic Data, over 200,000 Science and STEM educators will have the opportunity to vote via email and social media.

July 21, 2022

Winners Announced at NSTA Chicago

Our All-Star Team

Lead Judge, Annie Galvin Teich, has spent her career in the education marketplace primarily with K–12 products and services for educators. For “Teachers Pick Best of STEM”, Annie is charged with selecting all educator judges and ensuring that all products/services receiving the “Best of STEM” award are chosen solely by classroom educators.

As a magazine publisher, product creator, and sales and marketing expert, she has extensive understanding about what teachers need to succeed in the classroom and what district administrators need to manage their learning communities’ learning goals and objectives. As Publisher of Learning Magazine, she led the team that founded the Teachers’ Choice Awards program, the first education awards program to use classroom teachers to evaluate product efficacy in the classroom, now celebrating its 25th year. Annie also has experience as a multi-year CODIE judge and other award programs for education associations.

For the last 10 years, Annie has been a regular contributor to Tech & Learning magazine. She also works directly with EdTech companies to share their customer success stories and to develop useful information about emerging technology and changing pedagogy as schools recalibrate their instructional programs in the digital world. She is serving as a special advisor to Catapult X and NSTA for their new awards program.

Meet Your 2022 Educator Judges

Dr. McClinton
Dr. McClinton

Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton

Educator, ``Teacher-Preneur,`` and President of Enriching Explorations in Engineering, Inc.

Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton has been an educator for 25+ years. She is the president of her own STEM education company, Enriching Explorations in Engineering, Inc. As an active community member, Linda has worked with team members to create Nevada’s statewide STEM rubric and assists with school “learning walks” with a focus of STEM. As a “teacher-preneur”, she presents at various educational conferences to discuss the importance of diversifying STEM to include and support the needs of underrepresented groups. Currently, Linda serves as a judge for the Best of STEM awards program.

Dr. Lance Brand
Dr. Lance Brand

Dr. Lance Brand

Teacher Leader and Milken National Educator

Dr. Lance Brand has taught science for 23 years in middle/high schools and college. Lance is currently teaching at Delta High School in rural Indiana and has served as a teacher leader on their innovative learning and technology committee for more than ten years. He completed his doctorate in science education and biology in 2011 from Ball State University with a research focus on critical thinking development utilizing case study, and PBL instruction. Lance was recognized as a Milken National Educator in 2005.

JeffC
JeffC

Jeffrey Crapper

TOSA for Beaverton School District

Jeffrey Crapper is a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. Prior to this position, Jeff has taught Biology, Physics, Math, Engineering, Firefighting, English as a Second Language, Physical Education, Health and Health Sciences CTE courses for 21 years. He most recently taught at Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering (BASE) in Beaverton, where he started their medical assisting and pharmacy technology programs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Health Education with a Minor in Psychology from Linfield College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University. He was recognized as the 2021 Oregon ACTE Teacher of the Year, 2019 ACTE National Health Science Teacher of the Year and as the 2017 OSTA Oregon High School Science Teacher of the Year.

Ann Hammesley
Ann Hammesley

Ann Hammersly

Physics and Chemistry Educator

Ann Hammersly is an educator with more than 30 years’ experience as a high school science teacher and department chair and who has used technology extensively in her classroom. She has developed curricula for her own district as well as for Discovery Channel, Arizona State University, and the Musical Instrument Museum, among others. She now is a consultant who assists teachers in incorporating technology into their laboratories to enhance three-dimensional instruction.

Christina A. Wilson, Educator Judge for Best of STEM
Christina A. Wilson, Educator Judge for Best of STEM

Christina A. Wilson

Project-Based Learning (PBL) Elementary School Teacher, Adjunct Professor, and Instructional Coach

Christina Ann Wilson has over fifteen years of combined experience as an educator, adjunct professor, and instructional coach. As a project-based learning (PBL) elementary school teacher, Christina mobilized real world applicable learning experiences through usage of engineering design technological resources. Through this science technology framework, she taught primary grade students to design 3-D prototype model inventions that fix problems in this world. These invention designs were then officially published in a class book. In addition, Christina has also achieved success in the science education realm as an instructional coach for the Science Better Lesson Master Teacher Project. By the end of this project, Christina Wilson had coached a team of Master Teachers to produce hundreds of NGSS lessons, resources, and units for global online usage.

Jamica Craig
Jamica Craig

Jamica Craig

Middle School Math

Jamica Craig is a dedicated Math and Science Educator with nearly a decade of experience. She currently serves as a 6-8 Instructional Coach at Prospect Schools- Clinton Hill Middle School. She has a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Mathematics. Jamica has previously served as the founding Deputy Director of Applied Science for an XQ Super School in Brooklyn, NY. She believes that all students should see themselves as capable of doing math and asserts that classrooms thrive when students’ lived experiences are seen as assets that contribute to the richness of the concepts studied.

Kim Collazo
Kim Collazo

Kim Collazo

Digital Integration Facilitator

Kim Collazo has been a public school educator for over 30 years. She has experience teaching 3rd-6th grade. She holds North Carolina licensure in Regular and Special Education, Academically/Intellectually Gifted, has National Board Certification, and was awarded an NC State Kenan Fellowship creating multi-user, immersive, online science games for elementary students. She has presented on STEM in the elementary classroom, closing the gender gap in elementary STEM, and integrating STEM and literacy. In addition to her work in the classroom, she has been an elementary STEM lab teacher, district Digital Integration Facilitator. Kim is the author of Emersyn Blake and the Spotted Salamander, a children’s STEM book.

2021 Judges

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Jerry D. Valadez

K-12 Science Coordinator and CEO of SAM Academy

Jerry D. Valadez is recognized as a State and National leader in urban and rural K-12 STEM education and in designing successful practices in both formal and informal settings. He is also an experienced STEM awards and competitions program judge. Jerry is an advocate for underserved youth, a Maker, CEO of the Community Science Workshop Network and co-founder and President of the SAM Academy and the Roving Community Science Workshop – all non-profits that provide underserved youth in isolated rural communities access to quality in-school and out-of-school STEM and Arts experiences.

Deena B&W
Deena B&W

Deena Pierott

Social Impact Entrepreneur and Founder of iUrban Teen

Deena Pierott is a Social Impact Entrepreneur and Founder of the award winning and nationally recognized STEM+Arts program for youth of color called iUrban Teen, and most recently launched Black Women in STEM 2.0. Ms. Pierott is also a diversity strategist and international public speaker. She has served on several boards and commissions including a Gubernatorial appointment to the Commission on African American Affairs in the State of Washington. She has been featured in the following publications: Government Technology, Essence Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, Deliver magazine, Portland Business Journal, Geekwire, Colors of Influence, Neurology Now, the Chicago Tribune and NPR.

Djimo B&W
Djimo B&W

Djimo Serodio

Environmental Technologist and Founder of JustLearn

Djimo Serodio, Founder of JustLearn, is an environmental technologist at the intersection of CleanTech and EdTech. With a background in agriculture and life sciences, he now helps tens of thousands of education stakeholders make environmental science and STEM more fun and accessible. Having coined the term CircularSTEM™ Djimo is helping make STEM more circular and applied to the solutions of our time while being as fun and interactive as possible. More about his work can be found at JustLearn.io

Judy Day B&W
Judy Day B&W

Judy Day

Science Education Consultant and National Instructor

Judy Benton Day is a science education consultant who specializes in science technology and student research training. Judy is a former high school teacher of biology and marine ecology. Judy left the classroom to join The Science House at NC State University for 14 years assisting teachers with incorporating the use of technology into their curriculum and giving teacher workshops across North Carolina. Judy is a National Instructor with Texas Instruments Teachers Teaching with Technology and a consultant for Vernier Software and Technology. In addition, Judy has served as the state director for the NC Science and Engineering Fair since 2003.

Dr. Lance Brand
Dr. Lance Brand

Dr. Lance Brand

Teacher Leader and Milken National Educator

Dr. Lance Brand has taught science for 23 years in middle/high schools and college. Lance is currently teaching at Delta High School in rural Indiana and has served as a teacher leader on their innovative learning and technology committee for more than ten years. He completed his doctorate in science education and biology in 2011 from Ball State University with a research focus on critical thinking development utilizing case study, and PBL instruction. Lance was recognized as a Milken National Educator in 2005.

JeffC
JeffC

Jeffrey Crapper

TOSA for Beaverton School District

Jeffrey Crapper is a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) for the Beaverton School District in Oregon. Prior to this position, Jeff has taught Biology, Physics, Math, Engineering, Firefighting, English as a Second Language, Physical Education, Health and Health Sciences CTE courses for 21 years. He most recently taught at Beaverton Academy of Science and Engineering (BASE) in Beaverton, where he started their medical assisting and pharmacy technology programs. He has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Health Education with a Minor in Psychology from Linfield College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oregon State University. He was recognized as the 2021 Oregon ACTE Teacher of the Year, 2019 ACTE National Health Science Teacher of the Year and as the 2017 OSTA Oregon High School Science Teacher of the Year.

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